One Study Proves Nothing

This short video is a mini-lesson in information literacy. This is a 4 minute lesson on understanding scientific studies. Remember, one study does not definitively prove anything. In order to have a strong understanding of a subject, we need multiple studies showing one or more results. When the news media reports a finding, they often fail to put the full study in context.

Not all scientific studies are created equal – David H. Schwartz


Every day, we are bombarded by attention grabbing headlines that promise miracle cures to all of our ailments — often backed up by a “scientific study.” But what are these studies, and how do we know if they are reliable? David H. Schwartz dissects two types of studies that scientists use, illuminating why you should always approach the claims with a critical eye.

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